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Major Cities Across Canada Launch Ride To Conquer Cancer
Second Annual Toronto Ride Kicks Off National Events Ride to Conquer Cancer
(TORONTO, October 22, 2008) - Following the extraordinary success of the inaugural 2008 Ride To Conquer Cancer (2,850 Riders raised a staggering $14 million by pedaling from Toronto to Niagara Falls), the cycling fundraiser has now expanded to include three more of Canada’s most appealing locations. With hospital personnel and Riders gathered in front of The Campbell Family Institute at The Princess Margaret, the 2009 Ride To Conquer Cancer was officially launched, now including spectacular rides in Vancouver, Calgary and Montreal as well.
The Ride To Conquer Cancer is a 200km cycling event to raise money for research and ultimately, to conquer cancer in our lifetime. On the basis of current incidence rates, almost 40% of Canadian women and almost 45% of Canadian men will develop cancer during their lifetimes, so this pan-Canadian event is rightly viewed as a call to action.
The Toronto Ride To Conquer Cancer, now entering its second year, begins the morning of Saturday, June 12, 2009 with a moving Opening Ceremonies in Toronto before Riders start the first 100km of the course. After camping overnight, the second 100km leg ends in world famous Niagara Falls on Sunday afternoon.
Riders in British Columbia will travel from Vancouver to Seattle June 20-21, benefiting the BC Cancer Foundation. Leaving from Calgary and biking along the Rocky Mountains June 27-28 will benefit The Alberta Cancer Foundation. July 11-12, riders will pedal from Montreal to Quebec City to benefit The Sir Mortimer B. Davis Jewish General Hospital Foundation. Funds raised will also support cancer research and advancement of new therapies.
Paul Alofs, President & CEO of The Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation, was immensely pleased that the success of the inaugural Ride To Conquer Cancer in Toronto has now been shared with other Canadian cities in the battle to conquer cancer. “Being able to offer The Ride To Conquer Cancer to other major centres makes all of us at The Princess Margaret Hospital very proud. It is a big, bold event with a big, bold aim to conquer this disease once and for all and we are very pleased that Vancouver, Calgary and Montreal are joining Toronto in this life-changing event.”
Dr. Jonathan Irish, Chief of Surgical Oncology at The Princess Margaret Hospital, said, “The Ride will provide my colleagues and me with much needed funding for cancer research. The funds raised through Toronto’s Ride to Conquer Cancer will be put to use here at The Campbell Family Institute at The Princess Margaret, and the research breakthroughs that an event like this will fund will help save more lives. I see it every day!”
Olympic silver medalist and former Tour de France leader Steve Bauer was also on hand for today’s Toronto launch, and stated, “The Ride is a great thing because it is an event for everyone. While 200 km may seem like a long way to go on a bike, anyone can do it. As a bonus, participants finish their journey in Niagara Falls, one of Canada’s most beautiful and famous destinations. I am pleased to endorse and support this amazing event and hope that others even those who are not serious cyclists will join me on June 12, 2009.”
Registration for The Ride To Conquer Cancer benefiting The Campbell Family Institute at The Princess Margaret is now open. Call 877.699.BIKE or visit www.conquercancer.ca to sign-up today!
About The Campbell Family Cancer Research Institute at Princess Margaret Hospital
The Campbell Family Cancer Research Institute at Princess Margaret Hospital brings together an elite team of cancer researchers, scientists, clinicians and staff dedicated to the ultimate goal of conquering cancer by leveraging basic, translational and clinical research into dramatic cancer breakthroughs. For more information, go to http://www.campbellfamilyinstitute.ca/.
About Princess Margaret Hospital
Princess Margaret Hospital and its research arm, the Ontario Cancer Institute, which now includes The Campbell Family Cancer Research Institute and The Campbell Family Breast Cancer Research Institute, have achieved an international reputation as one of the top 5 cancer research centres in the world. The Princess Margaret is a member of University Health Network which also includes Toronto General Hospital and Toronto Western Hospital. All three are research hospitals affiliated with the University of Toronto and more information about UHN can be found at http://www.uhn.ca/.
About The Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation
The Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation at University Health Network raises funds for breakthrough research, exemplary teaching and compassionate care at The Princess Margaret and its research arm, the Ontario Cancer Institute, which now includes The Campbell Family Cancer Research Institute and The Campbell Family Breast Cancer Research Institute. More information about the Foundation can be found at http://www.pmhf.ca/.
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